GREAT at U of G

Gratitude, Recognition, and Employee Appreciation Together (GREAT)

U of G employs over 5,000 faculty and staff at the Guelph Campus, Ridgetown, Guelph-Humber and research stations across Ontario.  U of G has been recognized as one of Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month® Great Employers thanks to the dedicated and engaged employees who work daily to Improve Life.

GREAT at U of G is an initiative designed to enhance the culture of gratitude, recognition and appreciation for all faculty and staff at the University. It is important for all employees to know that they are valued and that what they do makes a real difference.  Openly appreciating people for who they are and recognizing what they accomplish are key factors in employee wellness, and support U of G’s vision of a thriving workforce, organization, and community.


This initiative provides research-supported information, resources and tools that help facilitate acts of gratitude, appreciation and recognition and build them into the U of G culture. Understanding the difference between gratitude, recognition and appreciation is important to meaningfully encourage the heart and deepen employee engagement.  Get started by exploring the definitions, research and resources related to gratitude, recognition and appreciation. 

“G" Thanks! Program

Recognize an employee or team for something special they have done or contributed. Each month, one deserving employee or team will be randomly picked for a visit and gift of goodies from the “G" Thanks! team.

Send a Custom Kudos

Create a personalized Kudoboard to recognize or show appreciation for a colleague or group. You can send a personal kudos or create a larger board with team input.

Events and Opportunities

View GREAT events and opportunities for employees that take place throughout the year.  Check back regularly for upcoming GREAT events.